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Malcolm Nicholson

I have been running Aspecture since 1999 and am a leadership and executive coach. I work with senior business people to achieve transformational change, i.e. changes that profoundly alter the way a person works and lives. 

Because of the length and breadth of my experience, my approach is broad based and focuses on constructively challenging people’s beliefs.  This liberates their capabilities and their actions follow creating high performance in work and life.

I currently work with a wide range of people in a variety of industry sectors including banking, financial services, entertainment, healthcare, education, outsourced services, logistics and IT. Client roles vary and include the Chairman of a £2.0bn turnover company and a range of senior (and middle) positions.

Previous work experience includes Human Resources and Sales & Marketing, where I gained board experience in an operating division and extensive international business experience. I also have international coaching experience, having worked in Europe, India, South Africa and Barbados as well as being UK Director of the Centre for International Business Coaching and work with recovering members of the armed forces.

My qualifications include being a Certified Master Coach and member of the International Coaching Council (ICC); also a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology, I've studied NLP, (neuro-linguistic programming), and am an accredited coach with the Sportsmind Institute of Australia.  as well as being a member of the ICF, (International Coaching Federation). I am a visiting lecturer at NEOMA Business School, Paris.

Coaching philosophy. This is simple -  to inspire people to recognise their potential; to discover how to remove the roadblocks stopping them from achieving that potential; and to generate momentum to achieving that potential. This approach has been described as ‘engaging – yet ruthlessly results orientated!’  This along with 16 years experience coaching at the top, world class training, pragmatism and the ability to galvanise people into action helps make my approach unique!

Find out more about my story in 'A Coach's Story'


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DNA Definitive

Malcolm is a member of DNA Definitive, a collective group of professionals and leadership specialists.

DNA Definitive members work together from a shared in-depth knowledge and understanding of elite performance in the fields of business, sport, medicine, education, public service and military special forces.

DNA Definitive and Aspecture work together to provide elite coaching panels and leadership development interventions for businesses who require world class coaches and knowledge leaders in their field. Please contact Malcolm for further information. 


Malcolm has regularly worked alongside Andy McCann, Director of DNA Definitive, who is in demand as an adviser, mentor and performance coach to high performing individuals from the world of business and many other walks of life including some of the UK’s highest profile individuals from the worlds of international sport (He has worked with 12 International sports), entertainment and politics. He has been a consultant to the Welsh Rugby Team since 2009 (accompanying the team to the 2011 Rugby World Cup) and has provided specialist support to both Sportscoach UK and UK Sport.  With an expertise in the development of mental toughness and performance Andy’s work has taken him around the world.




Geoff Abbott is an executive coach, cross-cultural management/ organizational change consultant, researcher, lecturer, conference presenter, and author. He has a strong professional interest in global leadership and people development. 

His main expertise is in coaching individuals and teams through transition and change related to international business. He is a recognized authority on international business coaching.

Geoff is currently Director of Executive Coaching at the Graduate School of Business with the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Association for Coaching. 

Geoff co-edited the Routledge Companion to Business Coaching (Moral and Abbott, 2011) which contains the best of contemporary theory and practice about this expanding area.He contributed chapters on Global Virtual Teams, Mergers and Acquisitions, Selecting Executive Coaches, and also on Coaching Expatriate Managers.

 In addition to the Routledge Companion, Geoff has authored articles for academic journals  and  various articles about global coaching. Geoff is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring.